4th Year Electives

The descriptions of electives appearing in this catalog were prepared by the faculty of the department offering the elective. Any questions regarding descriptive material of a particular elective should be directed to the department offering that elective.

To contact Student Affairs: mbro15@lsuhsc.edu

We only accept Visiting Students through VSAS.  To apply for a Visiting Student rotation, please visit https://services.aamc.org/20/vsas/.  


PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAM. To graduate from LSU School of Medicine, a fourth-year student must satisfactorily complete at least four electives. This elective time gives the student an opportunity, after appropriate consultation with faculty advisors of the student's own choosing, to tailor a program of study to meet the student's needs as an individual. These programs are designed to provide:

  1. A more appropriate foundation for the graduate medical education program in the student's chosen field or
  2. In-depth clinical experiences in medical areas that are not usually included in the graduate medical programs of a chosen specialty, or
  3. A broad base of clinical experiences applicable to most specialties in medicine when a student is uncertain as to any plans for specialty training, or
  4. An opportunity for the student to demonstrate potential to the staff of a high-priority graduate medical program.

Elective courses that make up the custom-designed program of study may be taken at LSUHSC and/or its affiliated hospitals or at any LCME accredited medical school or approved teaching hospital in the United States or Canada. Elective courses at foreign institutions will be evaluated individually and must be discussed with the Dean of Student Affairs. Scheduling of electives should be made at the times designated as senior blocks in the school calendar.

Two types of electives are available to fourth-year students at LSU:

  1. Scheduled electives, such as those listed in this catalog or a similar official document of an approved medical or affiliated teaching facility. In the LSUHSC system, a random draw will determine which students can enroll in a scheduled elective chosen by a number of students greater than the elective can accommodate.
  2. Free-planned elective, is designed by the student with the aid and approval of the potential preceptor. Free-planned electives taken at LSUHSC and all electives taken outside the LSUHSC system are listed under catalog number 499 in the department that must approve the elective for credit purposes. Free Planned Elective forms for all 499 electives are available in the Student Affairs Office. These forms must be completed and approved before the course begins.


A student in good standing at any AAMC approved medical school, including Canadian schools, may be accepted for any elective listed in the LSUHSC elective catalog. To be eligible, the student must have had training equivalent to that of LSU students who have completed the third-year clinical clerkships: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Neurology and Psychiatry. Visiting students may be accepted for no more than eight weeks of electives. LSU will give no credit to visiting students. An evaluation of the student's performance will be forwarded to the student's medical school on complet­ion of the elective. Unless otherwise requested, the evaluation will be the same as that used by the department at LSU and will indicate a recommended grade of Honors, High-Pass, Pass, or Fail.


All visiting students will be applying through the VSAS system.   

All students accepted are required to have professional liability insurance coverage of at least $1,000,000/$3,000,000.  If this is not provided by the student's medical school, a policy must be obtained and proof of coverage is required before beginning the elective.

The student will need to make arrangements for housing and meals.

Students accepted for electives to New Orleans sites will most likely need a temporary I.D. card.  Please contact the department that you are doing the elective in approximately two weeks before the rotation begins to provide information needed to begin the process of obtaining this temporary I.D.   When visiting student arrives they will be able to get their I.D. 


Anatomy Ophthalmology
Anesthesiology Orthopaedics
Biochemistry Otorhinolaryngology and Biocommunication
Dermatology Pathology
Family Medicine Pediatrics
Medicine w/Emergency Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medicine/Pediatrics Psychiatry
Neurology Radiology
Neurosurgery Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology Urology